ABSOLUTE DELIGHT: Michael Veitch and Simon Oats bring the golden age of radio back with their two-handed play Mystery In The Air.
ABSOLUTE DELIGHT: Michael Veitch and Simon Oats bring the golden age of radio back with their two-handed play Mystery In The Air.

Comedy legend finally acting his age

WRITER, actor and comedian Michael Veitch, 56, has finally caught up to himself.

After playing men in their 50s and 60s back in the D Gen and Fast Forward years of his 20s, Veitch is still playing middle-aged men thirty years later - but with a lot less make up.

The talented Melbourne writer is heading to Coffs Harbour on August 9 for a laugh-out-loud comedy set in the world of live old-time radio dramas with Veitch playing a comedy legend to Simon Oats' matinee idol rogue and dashing former Squadron Leader Tony "the Ace Hamilton.

Veitch said while there are performances out there where actors just perform old radio scripts this started as that but developed into so much more.

"Mystery in The Air is a two-handed comedy all set in the 1940s in the mythical Melbourne Radio station 2UK," Veitch explained.

"It is great fun, we wrote it over the course of a few months. We built it and built it up until it was quite long and pared it back to the bare bones."

The show sees the lives of both men fall apart in the commercial breaks of two radio plays they do over two weeks.

He said one of the plays used within the play is a "Schlocky 1940s play originally written as a vehicle for Peter Lorre" while the other is "Flash Gordon".

The end result is a fast-paced hour of Veitch and Oats playing their main characters in the commercial breaks and coming back with "a thousand voices" during the plays.

The pair have been touring Mystery In The Air for the past 18 months with a lot of success and sold out seasons in Brisbane and around the coastal areas earlier this year.

A show like this would be enough to keep most people pretty busy but It's just the tip of the iceberg for Veitch who is also on his way up to Byron to debut his latest book due out late this month and run "Script Writing for Television workshops". He also has another one-man play on the go - based on his book from last year "Hell Ship" -The Journey of The Ticonderoga - the story of the efforts of a young Scottish Doctor and passengers including a young woman from Mull (Veitch's great-great grandparents James William Henry Veitch and Annie Morrison) to save the passengers from an outbreak of typhus.

For further information about Mystery In The Air or to purchase tickets contact the Coffs Harbour Jetty Theatre on 02 66484930.


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